Small children love to dig in the dirt, and having a garden of their own is very exciting. If you are looking for some easy to grow plants that your child will enjoy helping you plant and tend in your Houston, Texas garden, try some of the plants below.
Nasturtium. Your children will love the orange, red and yellow blooms from this flower, and when they find out they can eat them they’ll go crazy (please, no pesticides or chemicals). Plant nasturtium in the fall in full sun in your Houston, Texas garden, and they will bloom from March through June. This flower will bring butterflies, always a hit. Both the flowers and leaves are good in salads (they have a peppery taste.)
Pitcher Plants. These plants are nothing short of awesome for children to enjoy. A vine that eats insects – does it get any better? The tendrils of this plant form a pitcher which opens and waits for an unsuspecting bug to fall inside. Pitcher plants can grow to be 25 inches tall and up to two feet wide. Have your children plant this vine in indirect sun in the spring in their Houston, Texas garden.
Lavender. Lavender is fun to grow and will bloom all summer and into fall. The purple flowers smell delicious and will attract butterflies, always a delight for children. Plant in your Houston, Texas garden during the spring in full sun. This herb also does well in a container.
Butterfly Weed. This is a host plant for Monarch butterflies, so your children will be able to observe the full life cycle of a Monarch if they plant this flower in their children’s garden. Blooms can be orange, yellow, red or multicolored, brightening up your Houston, Texas backyard. Have your children plant this flower in full or partial sun in either the spring or fall. Butterfly weed will bloom from March through October. This Texas native is hard to kill, making it a good choice for children.
Sunflowers. Sunflowers are so easy to grow from seeds, and your children will delight in watching them grow taller and taller. These huge flowers will bloom from May through September, and birds will flock to feast on the seeds once the blooms have passed. Have your children plant sunflower seeds in the spring in full sun in your Houston, Texas garden. Sunflowers are also hard to kill, another reason they are a good choice for a children’s garden.
Pot Marigolds. This is an easy, easy flower to grow, and your children will love that they can eat the blossoms (please, no pesticides or chemicals, as mentioned above.) The orange, yellow and bronze blooms will bring butterflies, bees and birds to their Houston, Texas garden. These flowers do very well when cut, so your children can create bouquets and arrangements with flowers they have grown themselves. Plant in full or partial sun in the fall or spring, and they will bloom from fall straight through the winter to spring. Pot marigolds also do well in containers.
Black-Eyed Susan Vines. These pretty, easy to grow vines have flowers of orange, yellow and cream with dark centers. Have your children plant in full sun in the spring in their Houston, Texas garden, and they will bloom from June through October. Children especially enjoy seeing the vines twine and trail, so make sure you have a trellis nearby so they can watch the vine’s progress.